Guatemala, home of the ancient civilization of the Mayans. Nowadays known for it’s stunning rural beauty; breathtaking highlands and volcanos of which some are still active. The highlands are populated by indigenous people or indians they represent about 55% of the entire population. The old Mayan temples are stunning to visit. But the beauty of a country doesn’t necessarily mean the country is rich, 1/8 people has to survive with less then 1 dollar a day! Guatemala has gone through a lot of trouble with coups. A lot of Guatemalans fled to Mexico for safety.
Things you didn’t know about Guatemala:
- A Guatemalan woman invented the Happy Meal. She came up with the idea in the mid-70s to make kid sized meals .She got the “Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World” recognition in Paris, France. Now, ‘Happy Meal’ is part of McDonalds menu in over 35,000 restaurants and has sells about 100 million Happy Meals in one week.
- The ancient Mayan city of Chichicastenango retains a 95 percent indigenous population
- Comfortable travel including food, drink, accommodation and activities can be done for around $60 a day, while budget travelers can live for as little as $15.
- The colorful handpainted busses all over the country take you anywhere you want to go for a very cheap price!
I made this recipe for a group of very good friends they absolutely loved it! The sauce is so nice and sweet. You would expect food from Central America to be spicy but it’s this dish just gives you a very rich sweet flavor.
Ingredients: 2 large tomatoes, 4 tablespoons sunflower oil, (1.8kg) different pieces of chicken (i had some thighs, wings, legs), 2 cloves of garlic, few sprigs of parsley, 500 gr of sliced chorizo, 500 gr of chopped ham, 1 liter of white wine, 1 tablespoon of sugar, stick of cinnamon, pinch of black pepper, pinch of nutmeg, 3 cloves 1/2 cup of raisins, 1/2 cup of almonds, sea salt
- Put the tomatoes in a foodprocessor or blender and blend to a puree.
- Heat the oil in a big pan. Add the chopped garlic with the parsley and chicken. Cook over medium heat turning occasionally for 10-15 minutes. Add the pureed tomato
- Add the chorizo and ham and cook for an additional 5 minutes. The pour in the wine and cook for a few minutes until most the wine has evaporated.
- Add the sugar, cloves, cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg, raisins and almonds. Season with salt and pepper.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes until the chicken is cook through.
- Serve with rice or a nice salad